The blog of the Body Oak Cliff community

This blog seeks to capture the latest reflections of the Body Oak Cliff team (Joel & Deborah), as well as stories of transformation in our community. Many of the posts include reflection questions to help you interact with the content. If you find something that resonates with you, consider sharing it with a friend or small group and let the questions prompt meaningful conversation.

We hope that what you read here will encourage you on your journey and empower you to love in the everyday!

Acceptance & Vulnerability

By Deborah Cunningham | Mar 2, 2018

The Fear of Being Seen One of my oldest, strongest longings is the desire to be deeply known. This might surprise people who knew me as a child, because I was very reserved in most settings and rarely offered up information about myself. In fact, the thought of drawing people’s attention terrified me. I read…

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When Encouragement Doesn’t Work: A Story of Shame

By Deborah Cunningham | Feb 9, 2018

 If you follow our blog, then you’ve heard about the transition we’re currently walking through at Body Oak Cliff. (If you missed it – read about Joel’s departure here.) As you can probably imagine, this change has stirred up a lot for me – grief about not working as closely with Joel, insecurity about my…

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Changes at Body Oak Cliff

By Body Oak Cliff | Jan 26, 2018

TO: Friends and Supporters of Body Oak Cliff FROM: Body Oak Cliff’s Board of Directors We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of an important change taking place in Body’s leadership. After serving as Community Pastor for the past seven years, Joel has discerned that it’s time to transition out of paid employment with…

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Have I Asked You To Do This? (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 20, 2017

Guest post by Roger Hanggi A meditation upon 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In this passage, we hear a conversation between King David and the Lord, as moderated by the prophet Nathan. We know that David was not a perfect king. He had sinned as we all have in our lives. He repented and received God’s…

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Speaking of Gifts (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 19, 2017

  And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. …And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie…[for] he will baptize you with the Holy…

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Great Things for ME! (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 19, 2017

  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2   Guest post by Sophia Rawlins When you read the passage, what stands out to you? During my teenage years, I would…

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God’s Righteous Tree (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 15, 2017

  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3b   Guest post by Peggy Winford [Peggy, and her husband Rick, recently became “second career” missionaries, moving to serve in Europe after 34 years of working in the high tech industry. They are serving in…

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Clear the Way – Your God is Coming! (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 13, 2017

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” – John 1:23 Guest post by Rachel Kramer “Make straight the way of the Lord!”  This is the kind of phrase I heard around Christmas time as a kid that, to my y0ung ears, was…

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God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 11, 2017

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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